Pear, Sage, & Almond Upside-Down Cake Recipe in 12 Steps

A Flavorful Upside-Down Cake Recipe for Any Occassion

Sweet Fruit Dessert for the Whole Family

The upside-down cake recipe isn’t just for pineapple anymore. My favorite aspect of the upside down cake is how the flavor and the syrup collects at the bottom and get flipped to the top. It may all be in my mind, but it feels like it’s sweeter, more rich in the syrup.

upside-down cake recipe

All in all this recipe takes about an hour and a half to put together and is just delicious. It’s fairly easy to make, once the pears are caramelized.

Upside down pear cake

Pear, Sage, & Almond Upside-down Tray Cake

Course Fruit
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 10 Servings


  • 10 sage leaves
  • 1/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
  • 6 ripe baby corella pears halved
  • 1 cup unsalted butter chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 c plain flour sifted
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c caster sugar superfine sugar
  • 1 c almond meal
  • 2/3 c creme fraiche
  • Maple syrup to drizzle



  • Preheat oven to 320° F.
  • Grease and line oblong baking dish.
  • Place sage leaves along the bottom of the pan and set aside.
    10 sage leaves


  • On a small plate, put 2 T brown sugar.
    1/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
  • Coat cut side of pear with sugar.
    6 ripe baby corella pears
  • In a large frying pan over medium heat, add pear, cut side down. Cook until caramelized, about 1 minute.
  • Carefully place pear, cut side down, into baking pan.


  • Add 1/4 c butter and remaining brown sugar to frying pan. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Mixture should bubble.
    1 cup unsalted butter
  • Pour into baking dish around the pears.


  • Melt remaining butter, allow to cool completely.
    1 cup unsalted butter
  • Place butter in large bowl whisk in almond milk, vanilla and eggs.
    1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 t vanilla extract, 2 eggs
  • Add flour, baking soda,1/4 t salt flakes, caster sugar, and almond meal.
    1 1/4 c plain flour, 1/2 t baking soda, 1 1/2 c caster sugar, 1 c almond meal
  • Add eggs and creme fraiche and stir until smooth.
    2/3 c creme fraiche
  • Pour over pears.


  • Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 15 minutes and invert onto serving dish.
  • Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy!
    Maple syrup
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